From January 24th-26th, we’ll be featuring concert photography from our favorite music blogs as part of our SXSW 2012 Photo Competition. Starting Friday, visit our Facebook page to vote on your favorite submissions – the winner will receive a photo pass to cover SXSW 2012 in Austin, TX.
About Buzz Bands LA:
Buzz Bands LA was founded in September 2008 as a vehicle for the continuing adventures in music of Kevin Bronson, who the previous six years had authored the Buzz Bands column and blog for the Los Angeles Times.
Laurie Scavio is a former marketing director and photographer for the Denver Post, who now lives in Los Angeles. She has shot anyone from TV On The Radio to Devotchka, and The Kills.
Laurie Scavio photographed the Kills’ performance at the Fox Theater in Pomona. Below is a brief account of the set by Buzz Band writer, Gabriel Jones. For the full gallery and review, read it here.
From the opener of the Kills’ set, 2005’s “No Wow,” Alison Mosshart commanded the stage with a half-prowl, half-strut, wearing skin-tight black pants and what might well have been Jack White’s old red-and-white shirt against a cheetah-print backdrop. The shift from the primal lo-fi drive of their first song to the more textured but still equally savage and searing “Future Starts Slow,” from their new album “Blood Pressures,” showed what the band’s been doing over its decade together — finding ways to bring more and more layers that still only barely cover a throbbing, grinding, animalistic pulse underneath.
Since they first started touring the Kills have been known for shows of such raw sexual energy that audiences often felt like they needed a cigarette after. With Jamie Hince now engaged to Kate Moss there’s considerably less sexual tension between the duo, leaving Mosshart somewhat unmoored in her at-times-mannered wanton abandon; occasionally it looked as if the two were only vaguely aware they’re in the same band. Hince spent most of the evening to the side of the stage coiled tightly over his guitar and pounding out driving riffs while Mosshart seemed to be dancing alone. In the end it was no great matter, since Mosshart can fill a stage all by herself, and, at least outside of Marilyn Manson, who also happened to be in the audience, she’s utterly unrivaled in her (man)handling of a microphone stand.
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